I received this book for free from Library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Built by Jay Crownover
Series: Saints of Denver #1
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on January 5 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Reading Challenges: Bad Boys of Romance 2017
From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes an electrifying new spin-off series,Saints of Denver, featuring all the characters fans have been dying to read about.
Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller couldn’t be more different. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and sawdust. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk, he’s all denim and flannel.
Zeb’s wanted the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her. It doesn't matter how many smooth moves he makes, the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest—either that or she doesn't return it. Sayer is certain the rough, hard, hot-as-hell Zeb could never want someone as closed off and restrained as she is, which is a shame because something tells her he might be the guy to finally melt her icy exterior.
But just as things start to heat up, Zeb is blindsided by a life altering moment from his past. He needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. He can’t risk what’s at stake just because his attraction to Sayer feels all consuming. But as these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, battling together to save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide can no longer be ignored.Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller are as different as two people can be. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and kill it and grill it. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk while he’s denim and flannel.
The differences between the two of them don’t stop Zeb from dropping every hint he can think of that he would like to get to know her on a more personal level, but Sayer seems oblivious to his interest or is just too nice to tell him to take a hike. To Sayer, a guy like Zeb could never be interested in someone as reserved and boring as she is. She’s never been with anyone that was hot enough to melt the icy exterior she’s had wrapped around hera since her awful childhood. But what if Zeb is the one who might finally thaw her out…?
Built is a fantastic book that I was quickly caught up in. Every time I pick this author up I end up very impressed and Built was no different for me. I really enjoyed the unique set up we have between our rough and rugged hero and the prim and proper lawyer. These two couldn’t be any more different and boy did I have fun with the contrast and dynamics that build in their relationship. Sayer, our heroine, is used to keeping people at a distance. But Zeb is the first man that makes her want more than the contented life she is living. But Sayer will need to face her past and inner fears and unresolved issues. Zeb, is not ashamed of who he is, and puts his heart on the sleeve for Sayer despite the distance she continually puts between them. Then we have a little twist with Zeb learning that he is a father, to a five year old little boy that is going to be put in the system unless Zeb can prove that he can be the best father this boy can have. Zeb, is a hero that really impressed me in this book, and I felt like he was the center of the story. You see how much he is willing to fight for his son, to prove to him that he is loved and deserves to be happy. Seeing father and son come together in this book was heart felt and intense and gave me happy vibes through the whole book.
One thing was clear: getting my son in my life on a permanent basis wasn’t the only thing that was going to take a hell of a lot of work on my end. If I wanted the girl, whatever version of her I could get my hands on, then I was going to have to fight for her as well.
Even though I felt like the romance took a back seat to the story at times, I honestly didn’t mind. I was captivated by this father and son relationship. I had such a fun time seeing all the characters come together in this book, and the way that Zeb and Sayer find common ground with each other and end up balancing each other out in all the right ways. Sayer was a heroine that despite the way she views relationships and intimacy at times, what I admired about her is the way she accepted Zeb as he is. She admired him for who he was and didn’t desire to change him…gotta love a woman who accepts her man from the beginning like that. This story won my heart in many unique ways and this author is making me fall more in love with her writing than ever with BUILT. Overall this is a romance that is sexy, endearing and poignant.
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